A collision west of Waterloo, Ont., has killed 11 people — including migrant workers — in what one veteran police officer described as the worst crash he has seen in nearly 30 years on the job. The crash happened in the hamlet of Hampstead around 5 p.m. ET when a flatbed truck collided with a van at Perth County Road 107 and Line 47. Ten people in the van were killed as well as the driver of the truck, OPP Insp. Steve Porter said. Three others survived and were rushed to hospital. CBC News is there, to bring you the latest developments.
Statement from Speedy Transport on Hampstead accident says OPP told them driver tried to avoid the passenger van but was unable to do #sl
Speedy: Our thoughts and prayers are with our driver’s family and the families of the other victims involved in this horrible tragedy. #sl
Speedy Transport: This is the first fatality we’ve experienced on the road since inception. #sl
With CBC NN live crew.Heading to Hamstead,Ontario.Joining news crew deployed last night to cover horrific car crash that left 11 dead.#sl
At the scene of the accident this morning. Two vehicles involved have been removed.
On scene....getting ready to go live for cbc nn
CBC spoke with Albert Burgers.he owns the chicken farm where crash victims were working.he is devestated by the news.#sl
Burgers says the crew spent the day with him.He says he believes they were all from South America.#sl
Here at the scene, things are pretty quiet.police tape gone.vehicles involved in crash gone.#sl
There is a crash scene investigator on site#sl
Woman who lives at the intersection diagonally across from the scene said she hadn't heard of any recent accidents at the intersection
She said she was in the kitchen last night when she heard a loud bang
She thought the noise was from her husband slamming the basement door.
"He didn't come up the steps and I stared out the window and I saw it right away."
She said her husband went over to the scene.
"There was nothing to do. Nothing you could do."
Police have cleared the scene this morning. An accident investigator has been taking pictures of the yard where the vehicles came to rest.
Media vehicles are parked at the intersection where the accident occurred.
Some vehicles driving on the highway slow down to look
There will be a newser held by the CAO and Warden for the County of Perth East.Hoping for more info on accident#sl
OPP say no plans for police newsers as of yet. If they do, they will issue a news release.Still active investigation #sl
OPP officer on site photographing farm house.The passenger van ended up against the house after crash. #sl
Awaiting news conference with update from emergency officials on crash near Hampstead that killed 11 people. #sl
Mayor of Perth East Township offers condolences to families of crash victims. Thanks emergency officials for "extraordinary" job. #sl
Presser on CBC NN live right now.OPP officer saying it was a horrific scene and they are still investigating. #sl
OPP Constable says it's a miracle 3 survived the crash, considering "the carnage". They are in hospital. #sl
Update from Stratford Hospital: one patient in critical condition, another transferred to London #Hampstead #sl